Making Tree armatures

At the Bressingham Narrow Gauge Exhibition I noticed that a trader was selling a jig to make tree armatures. The trader Norfolk Heath Works was selling a kit that included the jig, reel of wire and a jar of latex. I duly purchased a kit and the next day out came the jig to ‘have a go’. The jig is graduated in feet for the height of the tree from ground level, this covers N Gauge, OO Gauge and O Gauge. The kit costs £15.

You simply wind the wire around the steel pegs until you have done enough for your chosen height, remove from the jig and the cut the tops of the loops. It is then a case of twisting the wire into the trunk and branches. when satisfied keep coating with latex until you are happy with the thickness and shape. Even after coating with latex the armature is fully bendable.

Below are some photo’s of my first attempts of various types and sizes of armatures. I will post further when foliage is added.

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Morlock Heath at Ely Ex.-Loco’s and Wagons

On May 18th we attended the Ely Exhibition – a great show. My thanks go to Shaun and John for supplying the Loco’s and some Stock and to my wife for the Photo’s. The previous post highlights the Road Vehicles and Plant – these ones are the wagons and Loco’s.

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Bacon Rolls before the Show!!!!

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Our thoughts were with Graham who was at home nursing three broken ribs after a Fence Panel attached him after a storm.

 

 

Morlock Heath at Ely Ex. – Plant and Van

On Saturday 18th May we attended the Ely MRC Exhibition with Morlock Heath. This has to be one of the best Exhibitions in the area, the quality of the layouts and traders was excellent. My wife took lots of photo’s of Morlock during the day, here are the ones with Road vehicles and Plant, the Loco’s and Wagons will follow.

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Further Work on Dark Lane Layout

Quite a bit of work carried out on the new layout – details as below:-

All laser cut walls and structures made up – not attached and still to be painted.

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The Layout is now DCC complete – awaiting controller.

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I have added an extra piece to shelf to ensure room for Controller and Stock.

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The sector plate had its final test to all tracks and an extra piece of wood added to ensure that the plate itself was stable at all angles and with a Loco at the very end.

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Steps added in the Ash Pit

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Dark Lane – Steam DCC Sound in O Gauge.

Welcome to my first post on Dark Lane, my latest project. Dark Lane is a small Steam Engine Shed and Stabling Point, in my mind it is for four or five DCC sound fitted Loco’s together with up to six or seven relevant wagons. The whole concept is based on Tank Engines of a small to medium size. Various locations are planned, but the first will be London Transport Panniers and wagons. When testing for space available it was seen that up to ten Panniers could be on the layout at any time, but I have to say this will not happen due to cost.

You will notice from the below photographs that Dark Lane is a pointless layout, I really needed to keep the scenic area at its maximum and any points would dramatically cut down stabling space available.

The Baseboard appeared on this site after I made it, so reference to this will give the how and why it was made.  Basically the main scenic board is by Grainge and Hodder Laser Cut and the bolt on fiddle yard is the standard pattern Norfolk and Suffolk 009 Model, again Laser Cut. I had my doubts whether I could adapt it to O Gauge – but I managed it – see the photo’s below.

The Scenic section is 4′ and the fiddle yard is 18″. I am doing this to help me decide whether my half finished 17′ long station layout stays DC or moves to DCC sound.

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